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Have a genuine Christmas

People who do not live in Wivenhoe cannot imagine how busy and thriving the community is in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This month’s events’ calendar is full. St Mary’s and the other churches are popular venues for celebration during the festive season. Last year over a thousand people took part in one or more church services or events.
Most of the events remember the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World, the Prince of Peace, God among us. But it is no secret that at Christmas the gospel of God’s love is often displaced by commercial and other less sacred content.

A genuine Christmas takes us back to the first Christmas night in Bethlehem when the Christ was born who lived his Father’s mission to once and for all show us the love of God. The Christ child invites us to live our life with love for our neighbours and for God.
If you decide to live the core message of Christmas, you could visit a lonely person, help out at the soup run or foodbank, or donate to one of the Christmas charities. That’s celebrating a genuine Christmas.
Wishing you, your family and the vulnerable in your street a happy Christmas.